Keeping resolutions

Lots of New Year's resolutions posts and tweets out there. As a serial resolver, I looked over the landscape and compiled this long, redundant and often contradictory list of ways to keep your resolutions. Gretchen Rubin's are the most thoughtful, and with her book, charts, groups and site, she's also probably more responsible for more resolutions being kept than anyone out there. 1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. 2. One step at a time. 3. Ask yourself: Am I being overoptimistic? 4. Can it be measured? 5. Schedule multiple resolutions over time. 7. Make changes that feel good. 8. Allow for slipping and sliding. 9. Consider 17 days in a row a success. 10. Write it down. 11. Go public. Tell others. 12. Ask: “What would make me happier?” More of something good, less of something bad. 13. Keep it concrete, not abstract. 14. Follow the one-minute rule. 15. Ask: “Am I starting small enough?” Underestimate, don't overestimate. 16. What is the smallest action you can take in the direction of the resolution? 17. Frame your resolution in concrete actions. 18. Keep a chart 19. Carry resolutions with you. Review. Score. Constantly. 20. Join a group. 21. Work towards something big. 22. Think small. Look close to home for ways to improve and grow. 23. Ask for help. 24. Consider making only pleasant resolutions. 25. Consider giving up a resolution. 26. Keep the resolution every day. It’s easier to do something daily than every few days. 27. Set a deadline, but don’t give up if something interferes with your deadline. 28. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Clean your desk, not the whole house. 29. Keep the list short. 30. If you falter, let it go and try again, 31. Stay humble. Overestimating resolve leads to failure. 32. Remove temptations. 33. Post reminders everywhere. 34. Reward yourself for successes. 35. Recalibrate resolutions when conditions change. 36. Choose resolutions carefully (for instance, those with the greatest impact). 37. Create bite-sized portions. 38. Create a time-frame and use it to plot progress and measure success. 39. Take notes. 40. Take responsibility. Put yourself in charge. 41. Keep goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time based (SMART). 42. Remind yourself of the benefits of achieving your goals. 43. Try just one resolution. 44. Try a new resolution rather than revisiting an old, failed resolution. 45. Make the resolution a reflection of you, not the crowd.